Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 17 February 2011) . . Page.. 249 ..
The amendments provide that the council will be appointed by the Minister for Health and will be based on a transparent process including placing advertisements in newspapers seeking people to nominate for positions. Selection for appointment will be based on people’s skills, expertise and knowledge.
The amendments also provide that the council must provide an annual report to the Minister for Health and must include in that report the consultation undertaken by the council with the community about any issues affecting the satisfactory delivery of health services and the overall performance of the ACT local health network.
The amendments also provide for the functions of the council. The functions of the council would be to advise the chief executive about the clinical and corporate governance framework needed to support the maintenance and improvement of standards of patient care and services under the LHN; and, under the area of strategies and methods, to support the efficient and economic operation of the network, to ensure the network manages its budget to meet performance standards, to ensure that network resources are applied equitably to meet the needs of the community and to promote cooperation between health facilities. It will also deal with ways in which to support, encourage and facilitate community and clinician involvement in the planning of services that form part of the network, to look at the network’s policies, plans and initiatives for the provision of health services, and any other matter prescribed by regulation.
The council will also be required to report to the Minister for Health quarterly on each of these functions.
Finally, the bill includes provisions for a review of the ACT LHN after 12 months of operation, with a requirement that the Minister for Health present the report of the review to the Assembly.
I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.
Road Transport (Third-Party Insurance) Amendment Bill 2011
Mr Corbell, on behalf of Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.12): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
Today I present or, should I say, formally present the Road Transport (Third-Party Insurance) Amendment Bill 2011. While this is the first time this bill has been